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CEV Podcast

Welcome to "Let's Talk Volunteering - A European Perspective

CEV's official podcast channel

2021 is the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the European Year of Volunteering 2011. 

To continue to consolidate the volunteering ecosystem in Europe, CEV has launched this podcast channel to open up the conversation to volunteering experts and key stakeholders at EU level.  

You can subscribe here to the channel and receive notifications when a new episode is published. 

February 2021 - In this episode, we discuss why we need to talk about volunteering at European level, with special guest, CEV President, Lejla Šehić Relić.

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March 2021 - In this episode we hear from George Thomson, CEV Board Member and CEO of Volunteer Scotland for 19 years. A volunteer himself for many more years, George shares his thoughts on how volunteering has changed, how we should assess the value it brings to our communities and how we can celebrate it and speak about it in dedicated events, as well as how to share our policy and practice at European level to enable volunteering to happen at its highest potential. 

Resources recommended by George Thomson in this episode: 

April 2021 - This episode's guests are Andras F Toth from OKA, Hungary and Monique de Bree, from NOV, the Netherlands. Listen to our guests as they present their national volunteering programs in 2021. Hear how they leveraged the European Year of Volunteering 2011 legacy into increasing visibility, support and engagement for their national volunteering ecosystems. Andras and Monique also share their advice on how to organise a national program in your country and what resources they can share with all those looking to launch a national volunteering program in 2021.

April 2021 - In this episode, we hear from guests from European Volunteering Capital 2020, Padova (Ilaria Ferraro) and European Volunteering Capital 2021, Berlin (Katharina Foerster) about what the title meant for their community and municipality. 
The two guests share their experience collaborating with the European Volunteering Capital Candidates Community (EVCCC) as they prepared for their tenure and speak about the challenges and opportunities of holding this title in the middle of a global pandemic. 
As we prepare to receive applications for the European Volunteering Capital 2023 title, this episode paints a vivid picture of what this title brings to the volunteering ecosystem at local, national and regional level for both candidates and winners. 

June 2021

In this episode, we talk volunteering with Fernanda Freitas, an ambassador of volunteering in Europe and a key contributor to the European Year of Volunteering 2011. A media person by profession, Fernanda shares her thoughts on what can media do to further the impact of volunteering in communities across Europe. She also speaks about about the inspiring projects she leads in corporate volunteering, as a tribute to Elza Chambel, and her organisation, Nuvem Vitoria, which uses the power of stories to support children who are far from their familiar environments. 

July 2021 

In this episode, we spoke with Michaela Sojdrova, a Member of the European Parliament, about her vision on volunteering support at the EU level and about what the EU is already doing in this sense, what structures and programmes are running across Europe to enable volunteers to carry out their voluntary action and to ensure inclusive policies for all.

July 2021 

In this episode we are joined by three European Solidarity Corps volunteers, who share their valuable experience volunteering abroad. Listen to their thoughts, stories and advice on why become a volunteer or expand your volunteering experience as a European Solidarity Corps volunteer, which include: 
- Why emotional support is key for all volunteers
- How volunteering in a different culture or country is a two-way growth experience both for volunteers and the local community
- How the EU is supporting European Solidarity Corps through a solid support structure, before, during and after volunteering
- Why volunteering is 'the best thing that you can do in your life', in the words of interviewed volunteers

September 2021

In this episode we were joined by CEV's two Vice-Presidents, Anu Viltrop and Joao Teixeira, who shared their impressive volunteering support journey, their valuable advice and words of wisdom for future work on volunteering support in Europe. A conversation about the achievements in volunteering support, the challenges of the present and the plans and hopes for the future. 

September 2021

This episode brings you Piotr Sadovski, Secretary General at VolontEurope and President of the Social Platform, sharing how witnessing what volunteering meant in a former communist country pushed him to pursue a career combining advocacy and support for volunteering, social justice and active citizenship in Europe. Listen to his thoughts on volunteering to understand why he strongly encourages all European citizens to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe.

November 2021

In this episode, we have an eye opening conversation with Lilith Alink from the Lumos Foundation, an organisation working to end the harm of children institutionalisation and help them be reunited with their families. Listen to our talk as we discover why by volunteering without a proper understanding of the issues behind the institutionalisation of children we risk to actually bring a negative impact on children's lives. 

December 2021


In this episode, we spoke to Prof. Lucas Meijs of Rotterdam School of Management who explains what are the similarities in volunteering practice across European countries and introduces a very important question in the process of understanding the development of volunteering in Europe - why do people not volunteer? Listen to this episode to find out the answers and get an idea of what volunteering will look like in Europe. You can read about Prof Meijs's findings in his report, New Trends in the Development of Volunteering in Europe. 

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